A new study reports that teen pregnancy cost the state of Mississippi almost $155 million in 2009. This is enough for certain groups to demand the state include “Abstinence-Plus” teaching – which would include instruction about “safe-sex” and contraception, rather than an abstinence-only approach.
According to Rachel Cantor of Mississippi First, abstinence-only education doesn’t work because teens pledge to abstain but “then don't behave that way after the programs.” But if students don’t stay true to abstinence pledges, why would they stay true to pledges to use contraception?
The truth is this issue is bigger than sex and bigger than one class. It’s about the moral courage of the next generation to delay gratification and live for the greater good. On Saturday September 24, you can join Chuck Colson, Del Tackett, myself and others for a special live conversation on how we can recapture ethics in our families and society. Visit thePointRadio.org for more information. I’m John Stonestreet.